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'DON'T FALL OUT OVER THE GARDEN HEDGE'

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Neighbours shouldn't go to war over their garden hedge, regeneration...
Neighbours shouldn't go to war over their garden hedge, regeneration

minister Tony McNulty said today.

Publishing a leaflet calling on neighbours to try and settle high

hedge disputes amicably Mr McNulty said it takes understanding on

both parts before arguments go too far.

Launching the leaflet Tony McNulty said:

'We shouldn't let it get to the stage where councils or the courts

need to intervene. But we also need to realise how annoying our high

hedges can be to our neighbours.

'They can block out sunlight, obstruct views and cause damage to

neighbours' gardens.

'I am well aware of the misery out of control hedges can cause and I

hope that this leaflet will encourage neighbours to talk and reach a

solution to their problems before taking drastic action.'

The leaflet, Over the Garden Hedge, aims to advise people through all

stages, from making the first move and talking to their neighbour

through to finding the right answer and putting it into practice.

Tony McNulty added:

'Make no mistake. I realise the seriousness of this issue and know

that this leaflet will not be the solution to all high hedge

problems. I hope that this will encourage neighbours to keep the

peace but we are still committed to introducing legislation to tackle

this problem once and for all.'

Notes

1. The new leaflet Over the Garden Hedge deals with the problems

caused by existing hedges.

2. In 1999 we published The Right Hedge for You, which offered advice

on planting new hedges - and included advice on what sort of hedge to

choose, depending on your circumstances and how to maintain the

hedge.

3. Over the Garden Hedge and The Right Hedge for You can be obtained

from ODPM Free Literature, PO Box 236, Wetherby, W. Yorks., LS23 7NB

Tel: 0870 1226236 Fax: 0870 1226237

4. Both leaflets can be viewed on the ODPM's website.

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